- Grimes, William: Stephen Toulmin, a Philosopher and Educator, Dies at 87 New York Times December 11, 2009
- Johnson, Pamela J.: In Memoriam Stephen E. Toulmin, 87 USC News December 8, 2009
- Ruse, Michael: Stephen Toulmin, Philosopher, 1922-2009 Chronicle of Higher Education December 12, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Pub: Chambers, Samuel A., and Michael O'Rourke, eds. JACQUES RANCIERE ON THE SHORES OF QUEER THEORY. BORDERLANDS 8.2 (2009).
Wylie, Alison, Elizabeth Potter, and Wenda K. Bauchspies. "Feminist Perspectives on Science." STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY (December 2009)
Rader, Richard. Review of Simon Goldhill, et al., eds. SOPHOCLES AND THE GREEK TRAGIC TRADITION. BMCR (December 2009).
I had a dismaying experience recently while introducing Greek tragedy in my Mythology course. Out of curiosity I asked how many students (of 700) had at some point prior to my class read Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. Only about 10 percent raised their hands. Slightly shocking. What really struck me was that the question I followed with--how many were at least familiar with the story of Oedipus--elicited the same number of hands. That's simply frightening. It's one thing to be unfamiliar with Trachiniae or Seven against Thebes, quite another to be unacquainted with perhaps the most notorious figure of Western literature, one especially with such a memorably sordid life. I suspect Simon Goldhill and Edith Hall, two of the most prolific supporters of Greek tragedy and editors of Sophocles and the Greek Tragic Tradition, a Festschrift in honor of Pat Easterlin, have had similar experiences in the classroom. I wish I could say their book is likely to right this pedagogical situation, but I'm not going to hold my breath. All the same, Goldhill and Hall have produced a fine book, one that re-appraises Sophocles' legacy in a way that repays consideration. I have (at times serious) differences regarding the premises and conclusions of some of the essays, but these I see primarily as the negotiations of a dialogue initiated by this book, one that I hope will continue even after the ink has dried on my review. . . .
Read the whole review here: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2009/2009-12-29.html.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
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- KB Editorial for Fall 2009 - Interview with William Bailey
- BURKE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS SERIES: An Interview With David Cratis Williams
- Athlete as Agency: Motive in the Rhetoric of NASCAR by Deron Williams & Jim A. Kuypers
- Burke’s Comic Frame and The Problem of Warrantable Outrage by Herbert W. Simons
- All That Is Solid Melts into Words: An Exercise in Burking Burke by Robert Perinbanayagam
- Burke's Lacanian Upgrade: Reading the Burkeian Unconscious Through a Lacanian Lens by Kevin A. Johnston
- Criticism in Context: Kenneth Burke's "The Rhetoric of Hitler's 'Battle'" by Garth Pauley
- A Pentadic Analysis of Celebrity Testimony in Congressional Hearings by Christopher R. Darr and Harry C. Strine IV
- A Review of Kenneth Burke’s On Human Nature
Cfp: "Savage Thoughts: Interdisciplinarity and the Challenge of Claude Lévi-Strauss," McGill University, September 24-26, 2010.
"Afromodernisms 1: Re-Encounters with the French and Anglo-Atlantic Worlds, 1907 to 1961," University of Liverpool, April 15-17, 2010.
"Culture and Justice in the Contemporary World," International Society for African Philosophy and Studies, University of Ghana, March 17-19, 2010.
Simon Critchley Workshop, Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Texas, San Antonio, February 22-23, 2010.
Moyar, Dean. Review of Kenneth Westphal, ed. BLACKWELL GUIDE TO HEGEL's PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT. NDPR (December 2009).
Evaluation, Judgement and Critique, Theory and Philosophy Summer School, School of Sociology and Philosophy, University College Cork, May 3-8, 2010.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Cfp: 6th Annual Joint Conference, Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy, July 6-10, 2010.
Cfp: "Continental Philosophy in the Desert," Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy, University of New Mexico, May 28-29, 2010.
Cfp: "Affect," Annual Conference, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy, University of Queensland, December 3-5, 2010.
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- "Hegel, Mind, and Mechanism: Why Machines Have No Psyche, Consciousness, or Intelligence" by Richard Dien Winfield
- "The Spirit as the Subject Carrying out the Sublation of Nature" by Gilles Marmasse
- "Transforming Representations into Thoughts and Thoughts into Concepts" by John W. Burbidge
- "Feminism and Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: ‘Lordship and Bondage’ and ‘Ethical Action’" by J. M. Fritzman and Jeffrey A. Gauthier
- "Kierkegaard contra Hegel on the ‘Absolute Paradox’" by Genia Schönbaumsfeld
- "Beauty, Aesthetic Experience and Immanent Critique" by Julia Peters
- William Bristow. Hegel and the Transformation of Philosophical Critique by Dennis Schulting
- Theodor George. Tragedies of Spirit ? Tracing Finitude in Hegel’s Phenomenology and Glenn Alexander Magee. Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition by Tom Bunyard
- Douglas Moggach, ed. The New Hegelians: Politics and Philosophy in the Hegelian School by Sebastian Stein Sonsgsuk
- Susan Hahn, Contradiction in Motion: Hegel’s Concept of Life and Value by Rocío Zambrana
Cfp: "Film-Philosophy III," Third Annual Conference of the FILM-PHILOSOPHY journal, University of Warwick, July 15-17, 2010.
Osteric, Lara. Review of Robert Clewis, THE KANTIAN SUBLIME AND THE REVELATION OF FREEDOM. NDPR (December 2009).
Cfp: "Religion and Enlightenment: the Young-Hegelian Perspective," Centre for Philosophy of Culture, University of Antwerp, May 12, 2010.
Malins, Peta. Review of Simon O'Sullivan and Stephen Zepke, eds. DELEUZE, GUATTARI, AND THE PRODUCTION OF THE NEW. NDPR (December 2009).
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Horstmann, Rolf-Peter. Review of Friedrich Nietzsche, WRITINGS FROM THE EARLY NOTEBOOKS. NDPR (December 2009).
As the title of the volume suggests, the texts it contains are a selection. They come from the vast amount of notes -- almost half of the historical critical edition of his works is filled with them -- that Nietzsche wrote down throughout his life in many notebooks. Some of these notes are just a couple of words whereas others are of considerable length, sometimes filling several pages. They contain remarks and reflections on topics that aroused his intellectual curiosity, covering just about every conceivable field of human life ranging from contemporary politics and cultural history to art and aesthetic phenomena and above all to almost all domains of philosophy both theoretical and practical. The roughly 240 pages of notes in the volume are from the period between 1869 and 1879. That they represent a very exclusive selection is documented by the fact that the notes from this period in the historical critical edition cover around 1400 pages. This raises a question about the principles and the criteria of selection. Unfortunately, neither the editors nor the translator explicitly address this question. However, I have the impression that the guiding thread for the selection was the general relevance of the material selected for what Alexander Nehamas in his introduction tells us about Nietzsche's preoccupations and main interests during that period. This impression is not just based on the notes chosen. It also suggests itself indirectly because of the inclusion of three texts discussed quite thoroughly in the introduction, two of which are normally not considered to be notes but fall under the rubric of unpublished writings (On the Pathos of Truth and On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense), while the third (On Schopenhauer) is from an earlier period. However that may be, the resulting collection is very convincing and informative. . . .
Read the whole review here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=18265.
The programme is available temporarily on BBC iPlayer at the following URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p50f5.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Audio: "Rethinking Secularism: Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor in Conversation," November 20, 2009.
"Another World is Necessary: Crisis, Struggle and Political Alternatives," University of London, SOAS and Birbeck, November 27-29, 2009.
- Editors' Introduction by Arne De Boever, Alex Murray, Jon Roffe and Ashley Woodward
- The Position of the Problem of Ontogenesis by Gilbert Simondon, translated by Gregory Flanders
- 'Du mort qui saisit le vif': Simondonian ontology today by Jean-Hughes Barthélémy, translated by Justin Clemens
- Technical Mentality by Gilbert Simondon, translated by Arne De Boever
- The Theater of Individuation: Phase-shift and Resolution in Simondon and Heidegger by Bernard Stiegler, translated by Kristina Lebedeva
- Angels and the General Intellect: Individuation in Duns Scotus and Gilbert Simondon by Paolo Virno, translated by Nick Heron
- Bernard Stiegler, Technics and Time, 2: Disorientation by Kristina Lebedeva
- "Technical Mentality" Revisited: Brian Massumi on Gilbert Simondon with Arne De Boever, Alex Murray and Jon Roffe
- Alberto Toscano, The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation between Kant and Deleuze by Eugene Thacker
Monday, November 23, 2009
"Divining the Message / Mediating the Divine," Graduate Students' Conference, Department of Religion, University of Columbia, April 2-3, 2010.
Cfp: "Video Game Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment," Mansfield College, University of Oxford, July 7-9, 2010.
Cfp: "Realisms in Contemporary Culture: Theories, Politics and Medial Configurations," FRIAS, Freiburg University, September 23-25, 2010.
In the context of structuralist and poststructuralist theory, realism, with its implication of a transparent representation of reality, was deemed at best out-moded and at worst ideologically insidious. Recent years, however, have seen a revival of the term in analyses of contemporary developments in literature and film, at times even as a yardstick for measuring the quality of individual works. A closer look shows that in critical debates widely differing concepts of realism are used, often connected with explicit or implicit ideological positions. The question of what may be understood by realism is thus still very much open to debate and, what is more, highly charged.
The aim of this conference is, firstly, to chart the territory of the usages of the term ‘realism’ in contemporary theory. Secondly, we want to discuss the validity and usefulness of the ‘realisms’ posited for describing and analyzing trends in contemporary literature and film. How does the debate on realism tie in with the ongoing controversies regarding the connections between ethics or politics and form? In what ways do ‘realist’ contemporary works relate to socio-cultural developments? In order to foster an interdisciplinary discussion, we invite papers from a range of different disciplines (e.g. literary studies, media and digital studies, art history) on topics such as Concepts of realism in contemporary critical debate Formal realism and reception aesthetics Medial developments and realism Transmedial comparison of the ‘reality effect’ Case studies of realism in contemporary culture Ethics / Politics and realism … Contributors are strongly encouraged to make explicit their own usage of ‘realism’ by reflecting on the question of what they see as realism and how they would distinguish it from other modes of representation. Application Please send your one-page abstract for a 30-minute presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline is 31st January 2010. Organizing Institution The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research college. It was established after Freiburg’s success in the Federal Excellence Initiative in October 2007. As a centre-piece of the Albert-Ludwigs-University’s institutional strategy, FRIAS pursues three main objectives: to promote top level research, to develop new interdisciplinary areas of competence and knowledge, and to foster the advancement of outstanding junior scholars. Contact For further information, please contact Dr. Stella Butter (email@example.com) or Dr. Dorothee Birke (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cfp: "Rhetoric 2.0: Continuity and Change from the Oral Tradition to the Digital Age," Texas Woman's University, February 12, 2010.
Cfp: "Nietzsche's Postmoralism," Department of Philosophy, University of Southampton, July 7–9, 2010.
* Dan Conway (Texas & AM)
* Christa Davis Acampora (Hunter College, CUNY)
* Rainer Forst (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt)
* Paul Loeb (Puget Sound)
* Alexander Nehamas (Princeton)
* Robert Pippin (Chicago)
* Tamsin Shaw (Princeton)
* Ivan Soll (Wisconsin-Madison)
Possible topics include (but are by no means limited to):
- What ‘postmoralism’ is or means;
- What sort of alternative to ‘morality’ Nietzsche intends (e.g. perfectionist or otherwise, social or individualistic);
- Who is to bring about, or engage in, this alternative ideal;
- Nietzsche’s ideal type;
- How ‘immoral’ Nietzsche’s postmoralism is;
- Which values might survive Nietzsche's critique of morality and/or feature in his positive ideal;
- Whether Nietzsche’s postmoralism is adequately motivated by his critique of morality;
- The justificatory/metaethical status of Nietzsche’s positive normative/evaluative claims.